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  1. "Great company to work for and develop a career."

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Seattle, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. You get to work with incredibly intelligent colleagues and have diverse set of career opportunities. Incredibly strong company leadership.

    Cons

    Can have an intense work environment lacking in balance during certain times of the year. Continued opportunity to breakdown silos across organizations but great traction as of late.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evolve to meet the company culture and mission Satya put in motion the last few years. Build community amongst your teams and extended partners. We all want to be part of something bigger and be in it together.


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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

  3. "Awesome work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Super smart and driven people to work with!

    Cons

    Be sure to maintain a work-life balance. It's easy to focus too much on work with it's a challenging project!

    Advice to Management

    Stay competitive with Amazon! We're loosing too much talent!


  4. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, matching stock at 10% discount. The parental leave is awesome and they now have a caregiver benefit.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Because it is such a large company, it is very hard to get promoted. The only way is if the boss likes you.


  5. "Communications Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible, community oriented, knowledgeable

    Cons

    Odd hours, inconsistent processes


  6. "great company moving in the right direction as cloud and business focused"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    well established company; deep pocket and great level of resource

    Cons

    changes can be slow; too many re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    bump up employee total compensation to keep up with other tier 1 internet and tech companies, such as Facbook, Amazon, Apple, and Google


  7. "Great company, CEO, and culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture and smart talented people

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and politics in getting things done

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of senior leaders who don't align to our culture

  8. "Sr. Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love the technology, flexible timings, tons of opportunities

    Cons

    abundant resources, can be overwhelming


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tricky if you don't set boundaries

    Advice to Management

    Improve transparency


  10. "Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best companies in the world. I've been here since 1995 and I have seen a few things. I can't imagine working somewhere else, but maybe I could.

    Cons

    Some things, not easy to articulate. People, expectations, alpha.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real for old timers.


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